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Kansas City Chiefs’ All-Time Receiving TD Leaders
The Kansas City Chiefs began play in the AFL in 1960 as the Dallas Texans, moving to Kansas City in 1963. They then merged into the NFL in 1970 and were a Super Bowl contender, losing in Super Bowl I to Green Bay and then winning Super Bowl IV against Minnesota after the 1969 season. The Chiefs have been up and down since, but have managed to field great players much of the time, especially on offense. Here is a short list of the Chiefs’ all-time leaders in receiving touchdowns to date:
Tony Gonzalez (76)—Tight end Tony Gonzalez played for Kansas City most of his career, from 1997 to 2008, and he ranks first in the team’s history with 76 touchdown catches. Gonzalez made the Pro Bowl an astounding ten times while with Kansas City, including five as a first team All Pro. And despite a career best 11 TD catches in 1999, Gonzalez’ best season was arguably 2004. That year, he had career highs in receptions (102, led the NFL) and receiving yards (1258), with 7 touchdown catches.
Otis Taylor (57)—Otis Taylor played for the Chiefs his entire career, from 1965 to 1975, and he ranks second in franchise history with 57 touchdown catches. Taylor had a league best 1110 receiving yards in 1971, but his best overall season may have been 1967, when he had career highs in catches (59) and receiving TDs (11, led the AFL) with 958 receiving yards.
Chris Burford (56)—Chris Burford played for the Texans and Chiefs his entire career, from 1960 to 1967, and he ranks third in the team’s history with 56 touchdown receptions. Burford had 68 catches in 1963, and 850 receiving yards in 1961. But his best season was arguably 1962, when Burford was a first team All Pro with 45 catches, 645 receiving yards, and a career best 12 TD receptions (led the AFL).
Stephone Paige (49)—Stephone Paige played his entire career in Kansas City, from 1983 to 1991, and he ranks fourth in Chiefs’ history with 49 touchdown catches. In 1990, Paige had career highs in catches (65) and receiving yards (1021), but his career high in receiving TDs came in 1986, when Paige had 11.
Fred Arbanas (34)—Fred Arbanas played for the Chiefs his entire career, from 1962 to 1970, and he ranks fifth in franchise history with 34 TD catches. Arbanas had his best season in 1964, when he was a first team All Pro. That year, he had career highs in catches (34), receiving yards (686), and receiving touchdowns (8).